Insanity Max: 30 Week 5 review, Week 6 Meal plan

Week 5 of Insanity Max: 30 also kicks off a Month 2’s brand new set of workouts.  Talk about a jump in the intensity!!! These workouts are harder, require more endurance, and really put your mind to the test! You have to DIG DEEP and really focus to power through.

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A lot of people have been asking for clarification on the term “max out”. The name comes from the fact you are going to MAX OUT during every single workout. You may not be able to complete the full 30 minutes at a Shaun T speed, but the program is designed to have you start with Shaun T as long as you can, write down that number you hit, and then drop to modify or take a short break. I am (usually) able to just switch to the modified and keep going but this week had a few moments where I needed to stop and catch my breath!

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Max Out Cardio followed a similar format to the Cardio Challenge, adding in 1 minute “power moves” before each water break. I was happy with my max out time in this workout but they definitely went down here the rest of the week!

Max Out Power left me feeling like a human jello jiggler!!! My upper body just couldn’t hang with those dang pushups!!! I know my entire body is getting stronger through these workouts but push ups continue to be my area needing the most improvement!

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Little secret – I used to be a gymnast! There was a time when I actually spent more time upside down than right side up…or so I’m told anyway!! I tossed in a few headstands while I was wwaiting for Max Out Sweat to load and I was certainly happy to see I could still rock out lots of my old moves!

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This workout had me pushing HARD but I always remember hearing one of the girls from Month 1 workouts saying “when I think I can’t even do one more, I do 3” and that helped me to push through to almost 10 minutes before needing to take it down to modified!

By the time Thursday rolled around my body was exhausted! There were quite a few moves I was trying to attempt in Max Out Strength but the strength just wasn’t there! I didn’t want to stop completely so my solution was good old fashioned total body PLANKS!

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I’m slightly embarrased to say I didn’t even make it through the entire first move in Friday Fight Round 2 before I had to drop down to the modified! I maxed out at 5:48! I hope I can easily say I’ll improve upon that this coming week but no joke – these workouts are flat out HARD! I guess the name Insanity is there for a reason!

I’m not sure about all of you, but although we’re almost halfway through January my nutrition hasn’t quite been like it was pre-holiday season! I was tossing it around back and forth and I have decided to tack on a 3-day refresh this week. I have done it twice before so I know what to expect and how to do it – I just need to put my mind to it and GO FOR IT! Luckily my mother in law is going to do it with me! I don’t know about you – but in something like this – accountability is HUGE for me. Here’s to making it through the entire 3 days – no cheating!!!!

With the changes to incorporate the 3-day refresh, my week 6 plan is as follows:

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I’m not sure how my workouts will go Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, but I’ll give it my best but may need to just stick with modified for those days!

Like I said above, accountability is KEY – whether its for the fitness, the nutrition or both – knowing someone else iMaegan Blinka, Transformations, Insanity Max 30, Insanity Max 30 Month 2, Insanity Max 30 Meal Plan, 3-day refresh Meal Plan, 21 day fix Meal plan, Clean eating, s counting on you or that someone else is going through the exact same thing you are is sometimes all it takes to convince yourself to put mind over matter and just DO IT!

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3 day refresh-here we go again!

The last 6 weeks were filled with parties, travels, amusement parks, baseball games, family gatherings, birthdays and our 5-year wedding anniversary! And while these were all fun times they all had one thing in common – DELICIOUS FOOD – and A LOT of it!!! 

I continued my workout regimen but a few bites here and a trip to get fro-yo there…an extra helping of this and another scoop of that were starting to add up! My clothes were feeling tighter and more importantly I was starting to feel more tired. I know it well, but this just reinforces that abs are made in the kitchen! You can workout all you want but its the nutrition that matters most!

I starred at the box for a few days before I set my start date – 8/13, 8/14 and 8/15.

Time to get serious…

I had done the refresh once before so I knew what to expect. I knew what options from the meal plan worked for me and what didn’t – so guess what I did – ate the same thing for 3 days!!!! May seem silly but I believe the old saying “if its not broke don’t fix it”. 

Here’s a summary of what my food looked like:

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3 Day Refresh meals

Breakfast – Shakeology

Mid-morning Snack – Fiber Sweep

Lunch – Salad with 1/3 cup blueberries and Vanilla refresh with 6 strawberries (yes, I split up my fruit so I could enjoy some in my shake and some with my salad – this isn’t my first rodeo!!!)

Afternoon Snack – cucmbers and hummus

Dinner – Lemon green beans with almonds and a vanilla refresh with cinnamon

You’ll note there’s no picture of the fiber sweep – well that’s because I learned that lesson the hard way. Its best to MIX and CHUG – FAST! I didn’t mind the taste but the texture is a bit odd and it thickens as it sits. 

I enjoyed 2 glasses of my iced green tea each day and drank more water than I though was ever possible! I remember last time being so hungry that first day but then it subsided by day 2…however this time seemed a bit easier! 

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My results are not jaw dropping…however I did lose 2 pounds and a total of 4 inches between my hips, waist and bellybutton. And above all else – I felt better – which was why I was doing this in the first place 🙂

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3-day refresh results

I have a feeling I’ll be back in a few weeks for another go around!!!

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PIYO – Week 2

PiYO Week 2 has wrapped up and I am SHOCKED that I am still feeling sore. I guess its a good thing – and it means I’m working new muscles and continue to push myself but I honestly didn’t expect this – but I sure do love that feeling!!!

I am following the schedule in the book although I’ll admit I’ve considered adding some cardio in here and there just because its so different from what I had been used to. But…I am going to trust the program, the creators, and all those who put forth a lot time to make this amazing program available to us – all from the comfort of our own homes!

I started the week with the 3-Day refresh but was able to continue my daily PiYO workout! 

Here’s what my meal plan looked like:

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Week 2 of PiYO started off with the 3-day refresh and ended with the 4th of July weekend!

I do tend to eat similar items through the week to help save on grocery costs and reduce wastes!!!

A few months ago I really decided to commit to my health and fitness and with that went my “I’ll wake up when the kids wake up and workout later” attitude….to a “5:00am daily alarm” attitude. Its been an adjustment, but one I am thankful day in and day out that I made. 

Its no secret my kids are far from “amazing sleepers” but when you’re as cute as they are, I guess it doesn’t really matter 😉

Colt decided he needed a few stretches and joined me for the last half of my workout. I was happy to have the company! 

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PIYO Week 2 Day 1

I had a few modifications but we got it DONE – and that’s what matters! 

Tuesday was relaxing and I was able to complete it start to finish with no interruptions – victory for me!!! 

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I can really feel my flexibility improving along with my strength with every. single. tricep. pushup. Thanks again Chalene! 

Ok – I know – this says week 3 day 3…but its really week 2 day 3…chalk that one up to the less technologically inclined 🙂 Man those side planks are killer!!! 

 

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PiYO Week 2 Day 3

 

Usually once a week, I trade in my home workouts for a hot yoga sweat session at a local studio, Yoga Flow. I love the flexibility of being able to workout at home when I want around MY schedule but there’s still something about doing yoga in 102 degrees and sweating your heart out! I love my Thursday morning yoga class and look forward to it weekly!!! I also love having someone else help me with my form and push me to try new things! I can already see several improvements in my strength since I started PiYO!!!

Friday – Rest Day – Thanks again Chalene! 

Saturday was a tough one for me. We had gorgeous weather and were enjoying lots of family time outside. Thankfully the kids needed a rest which forced me inside and in turn allowed me to squeeze in the workout I postponed from the morning. Kind of made putting that swim suit on later a bit more enjoyable!

I workout for several reasons, one being the way I feel when its DONE – those post-workout endorphins are hard to beat. And this sweat session was no different! Thankful for pushing play!! 

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Week 2 wrapped up with a great CORE workout. This time I didn’t put it off. Although it was Sunday and my daughter’s 3rd birthday I still got up at 5:00am, pushed play, baked her cake and was showered before the rest of the house was up! 

Two weeks are in the books – looking forward to the next two and hitting that halfway mark!!!

 

 

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